Motorcycle accidents can cause significant harm to victims and their families. An accident between two cars and a motorcycle recently killed a motorcycle rider, who was a member of the Air National Guard, in a nearby community in Massachusetts. The motorcycle accident occurred near an intersection. Occupants of the vehicles were transported to the hospital but reportedly did not have serious injuries. Officials from multiple law enforcement agencies are investigating the cause of the fatal motorcycle accident.
Motorcycle accident victims are prone to catastrophic injuries and may even suffer death when struck in a motorcycle accident. Motorcycle riders are twenty-six times more likely to be killed in a crash and five times more likely to be injured in a crash than occupants of motor vehicles. While the number of fatalities for occupants of passenger vehicles and light trucks has been declining since 1999, the motorcycle accident fatality rate has doubled since 1999.
If a negligent driver causes a motorcycle collision, a motorcycle accident victim, or family members of the victim, may have the right to recover damages from the negligent party. In Massachusetts, provided that a party is not greater than fifty-one percent at fault in an accident, the party may be able to recover damages for the harm suffered. In circumstances when the motorcycle accident victim has been killed, family members may be able to bring a wrongful death claim for damages.
Liability for motorcycle accidents is based on principles of negligence. Because of this, it can be important for motorcycle accident victims and their families to be familiar with the resources and options available to them when harmed.
Source: Masslive.com, “Victim of Holyoke fatal accident was member of Westfield’s 104th Fighter Wing,” Jeanette DeForge, Oct. 5, 2014